Do You Have Belly Fat and want to burn your belly fat? Is your six-pack hidden under a layer of fat?
You are not alone. Many people have so-called problem areas. For men, it is usually the stomach and for women the bottom and thighs. Although you have fat all over your body, you can see it best in these areas.
These problem areas are heavily influenced by your hormonal balance and where the fat attaches is determined by the hormones that are out of control.
In this Blog, You are Going to Know,
- 1 What is belly fat?
- 2 How does it work?
- 3 The Dangers And Risks Of Belly Fat
- 4 How do I know I have too much belly fat?
- 5 Four reasons why your belly fat won’t go away
- 6 Reason # 1: You’re not balanced
- 7 Reason # 2: Your body is like a snack machine
- 8 Reason # 3: You have an impaired Metabolism
- 9 Reason # 4: You do it alone
- 10 How to burn your belly fat as soon as possible?
What is belly fat?
The connection between belly fat and the hormone cortisol has been discussed in the fitness media lately. Simply put, the higher your cortisol levels, the more likely you are to have more belly fat. The reverse is also true: the more belly fat you have, the higher your cortisol level.
Of course, high cortisol levels are harmful for other reasons, but let’s focus on belly-fat/burn your belly fat.
Instead of suffering from it (belly fat), you can logically counteract this by lowering the cortisol level. Sounds easy, but it is not.
Ominous anti-cortisol pills are also sold on the Internet; which of course, do not help, and I would always advise against any pill miracle anyway. And anyway, doesn’t it make more sense to save your money and burn fat at the same time?
Growth hormone is the key
Did you know that hormones can be used to fight hormones? You “just” have to figure out which one to use against which one, in which case growth hormone is the key to a flat stomach.
The growth hormone is produced in the pituitary or pituitary gland and is located in the middle of our skull. The growth hormone is one of the most significant things to fight against excess cortisol.
It’s easy as pie if you want less cortisol. All you have to do is produce more growth hormone. Just tell your body to create more 🙂
It would be nice if it were that easy.
Fortunately, certain types of exercise significantly increase growth hormone production. As is well known, hormones are always released in response to something, and growth hormone comes in response to lactic acid. Lactic acid is a waste by-product that is created during training through various chemical and metabolic processes.
So if you train in a certain way, you can produce more lactic acid, which results in a lot of growth hormone, which then combats your high cortisol levels. As we already know, fewer cortisol results in less stubborn belly fat.
How does it work?
While lactic acid is produced in most intense exercise types, there is one unusual type of exercise that produces even more lactic acid than is possible with the other methods. Unfortunately, this type of training is called lactic acid training, where the weights are slowly lifted and quickly lowered.
The reason for this principle is that lactic acid is mainly produced in the concentric or positive/upward movement and less in the eccentric or negative/downward movement, so we focus on the positives and eliminate the negatives as much as possible.
So the positive movement (one repetition) lasts about 4 seconds and the negative movement as fast as possible, but still safe.
So when you do squats, you bend your knees very quickly, and you slowly come up. For example, with the shoulder press, you would lower the dumbbells slowly and rapidly press them up again for about 4-6 seconds.
So your body is forced to produce a lot of lactic acids and it leads to burn your belly fat.
But that’s not the only solution. In total three hormones have to be fought.
Estrogen, “man’s breasts” and lower body fat (is combated with density training and testosterone)
Insulin and your swimming rings (is combated with dynamic training and the IGF-1)
And of course cortisol and belly fat (is combated with lactic acid training and growth hormone)
The Dangers And Risks Of Belly Fat
Scientists and doctors agree that fat, especially the belly fat surrounding our organs, is the most dangerous fat. You could say that this is one of the most significant health threats and that it can be an affluence syndrome with fatal consequences.
The inner belly fat envelops our internal organs in the abdominal cavity and can affect the physiological functioning of our body. This can lead to health problems such as insomnia, headache, anxiety, depression, joint pain, infertility, lack of energy, allergies, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and so on and so on, among other things.
Besides that, excessive belly fat dramatically increases the chances of developing fatal diseases such as heart problems, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and even a stroke.
And as if that wasn’t enough, this huge bump makes us look unattractive and can also destroy our self-esteem and confidence.
How do I know I have too much belly fat?
Science says that if a man has a waist circumference of 101 cm and a woman has a circumference of 89 cm. They are very much at risk (highest risk group) to suffer from one of the symptoms or diseases mentioned above.
Another way to find out if you have too much belly fat is to divide your height in centimeters by 2. The waist circumference should not be more than half your body height. So if you are 180 cm tall, for example, your waist circumference should not exceed 90 cm.
But to be honest, you don’t need all these calculations at all to find out if you have too much belly fat. Just take your hand and press your stomach, when you have a handful of fat you know you should do something about it … as soon as possible, before it gets any more.
Four reasons why your belly fat won’t go away
Reason # 1: You’re not balanced
Your emotional, mental, and physical state has a more significant impact on your body than you think. When your psyche is unbalanced, your fat regulating hormones go out of control and cause even more fat to accumulate.
What is causing this imbalance?
- Not getting enough sleep
- You spend too much at work and with family responsibilities
- A lot of stress
- You worry about your life
- Mental and emotional stress causes a breakdown of the hormone cortisol, which results in an accumulation of belly fat.
Scientists believe that your body does this out of a natural “protective mechanism.” If you are under constant stress, your body receives a signal that it is being attacked and reacts with fat accumulation around your organs.
Why on your stomach and not somewhere else?
- To protect the organs
- To make energy available quickly
Ok and now you are probably wondering why on your stomach and not somewhere else?
Your body is very lazy (efficient) and would like to make it as easy as possible for itself and not get the energy it needs from far away, like your legs, for example. That is why it is stored around the internal organs, as this is where it is most quickly available.
Reason # 2: Your body is like a snack machine
When you look at a snack machine’s contents, all you see is sugar-filled, chemical, and over-treated “dead food” that will kill you bite for bite.
Since our society today consumes far too much of this stuff (otherwise you can’t say it, I mean fast food and treated foods) we become what we eat. We are walking snack machines that fall apart with every step.
What makes these foods so dangerous and unhealthy?
A. Obesity-promoting additives
Did you know that most of our thousands and thousands of groceries on the store shelves are made and controlled by only about five multinational corporations, which only have one goal, and that is to generate even more sales?
The scientists of these main actors are paid to create “Frankenstein-like” food, which is then produced in huge robot-controlled treadmill factories.
All kinds of preservatives, additives, and chemicals are added to our food to be kept for days, weeks, months, or even years.
Seven chemicals have a significant impact on our health and, of course, on our abdominal girth, I call them obesity-inducing.
Why do these obesity-inducing additives make you fat?
Two of these additives interfere with the hormone leptin, responsible for telling our brain that we have eaten enough. Without this signal, we just keep eating.
Other additives cause weight gain because they cause hormone imbalance. Insulin, responsible for storing fat, shoots up while the fat-burning hormone glucagon is suppressed (welcome belly fat).
Another addition can lead to a mineral imbalance, which leads to gas.
Besides, science has shown that some additives are addictive and cause uncontrolled eating, as the neurotransmitters in our brain are inhibited, like the drugs cocaine, morphine, and nicotine. (maybe that’s why you can’t just eat one?)
Where can you find these additives?
- Salad sauces – also many light and fat-free versions
- Cereals (even those advertised as healthy for children) – biscuits, bread, chips, pretzels, and pasta
- Even ingredients like ketchup, jam, syrup, and sauces
- Dried, smoked and canned meat
- Frozen and canned fruits and vegetables
- Soft drinks (Cola, Fanta, etc.), fruit juices, energy drinks, tea
- Lots of packaged diet foods
- Hundreds of reduced-fat, fat-free and diet products
- And, of course, most sweets, desserts and fast food products
B. Uncontrollable Cravings
Your body is malnourished and craves certain nutrients, so you are always hungry. He needs specific micro- and macronutrients to function. If he doesn’t get that, you will get mentally and physically ill, heart problems, cancer, diabetes, and depression, to name a few.
If you don’t eat the right foods full of essential nutrients, your brain will continuously signal your stomach to eat more. This is then expressed in cravings and hunger.
The problem is that you only eat more nutrient-free foods and are still hungry due to the nutrient deficit.
Yes, I know, maybe that is not a break in breakfast.
Your stomach doesn’t have to be all fat. Look at it this way: the length of the intestine is 6:1 about body size. So for a person who is 1.80m tall, the length of the intestine is 10.8m. If this is blocked, someone can be very bloated and appear fat.
Not eating the right foods can make you look bloated. Your digestive system cannot function properly due to constipation. It cannot absorb the essential and healthy nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, essential fats, water, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, which your body needs to be healthy and to be able to burn fat faster.
As mentioned under B., if your body is not getting the nutrients it needs, your brain tells your stomach to eat more.
Reason # 3: You have an impaired Metabolism
A. You are not eating enough at the right time
Here’s the problem: most people who want to lose weight cut their daily caloric intake massively. Of course, it works, but only for a short time because you are preventing yourself from being successful with this calorie deficit. You are predestined to fail.
As you probably know, such diets lead to uncontrollable cravings and hunger because your body is not getting the nutrients it needs. Only very few people can withstand these extreme feelings of hunger, most of them capitulate and lose control in that, then they “overeat” and ultimately weigh even more than before the “diet.”
After about a week, the hormones that ensure a regulated metabolism in your body adapt to the new situation (calorie deficit) and work against you. Leptin levels and thyroid hormones fall like a coin from the Eiffel Tower. Your body tries to store as much energy and therefore, calories as possible >> fat deposits.
The fat-storing hormones insulin and cortisol increase by leaps and bounds. At least now you will stop losing weight. At this point, you either need to increase your calorie deficit or do more endurance training to burn more calories (to burn your belly fat).
B. You eat foods that prevent burns
Some foods stimulate your metabolism and thus your fat burning while others do precisely the opposite.
Calories from different foods react very differently in your body. Some ignite and your metabolism goes off like a small rocket, and others, however, hinder it like if you were stuck in a traffic jam, and there are more and more cars (fat analogously).
There are even foods that you can eat as much as you want because they are so burn-promoting. But you can find out more about this in another blog.
Reason # 4: You do it alone
A recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that weight loss was very much influenced by one factor.
Namely, social support.
This had a significant impact on the success of weight loss. Those who lost weight, who regularly met other weight losers and who motivated and supported each other, had an average higher weight loss of 225%.
So if you want to lose weight, find like-minded people, and meet with them regularly to exchange ideas about your success and give new inputs.
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